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cicisbeism

[chee-chiz-bey-iz-uh m or, older use, si-sis-bee-] /ˌtʃi tʃɪzˈbeɪ ɪz əm or, older use, sɪˈsɪs bi-/
noun
1.
the social custom of having a cicisbeo, as practiced especially in Italy in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Origin of cicisbeism
1735-1745
From the Italian word cicisbeismo, dating back to 1735-45. See cicisbeo, -ism
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  • And it was not as yet vitiated by the institution of cicisbeism.

  • This is a kind of cicisbeism, recognised and regulated by customary law, and sanctioned by a definite ceremony.

  • cicisbeism is not treated in extenso, as it should be, and I also missed the fragrant name of Sophie Arnould.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • She tempts fate when she carries on her gallantries and her Italian cicisbeism under the eyes of Scone Dacres.

    The American Baron

    James De Mille

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